Places to visit in New Year 2020, that must be part of your tour calendar!
As you head into a new decade of 2020, there are so many experiences you cannot miss having. Go visit a remote island off the coast of Africa, or spot howling monkeys in South America. You can look forward to the Summer Olympics in Japan, Bob Marley’s 75th birthday in Jamaica. It is always a great idea to travel to destinations other than our own, expand knowledge of our planet, celebrate the beauty that has been created by humans as well as naturally formed. So we bring you some of the topmost places to visit the new year 2020 which can be part of your Tour calendar.
Cycling culture, colorful merchant houses, cutting edge restaurants along with, it is known to be the world’s happiest countries. This has drawn and fascinated tourists for a long time. This happiness was boosted with the reopening of the new metro line after a seven-year closure. The year 2020 is all set to open the Museum of Copenhagen too which will be a multimillion-dollar experience. The second-oldest amusement park of the world – Tivoli Gardens does not fall behind as a year-round attraction with its magnificent gardens, lake, and playgrounds. So while you visit Copenhagen in the year 2020 make sure to visit one of the city’s many top restaurants and take a walk down one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets- Strøget.
Famously known as “Nature Island”, the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has deep ravines crisscrossed by 365 rivers, peaks engulfed in foilage, lush and primordial rainforests. After the hurricane Maria in 2017, Dominica has bounced back with climate-resilient construction, commitment to sustainable and ecotourism offerings. All set to reopen in February 2020 is Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort for you to explore along with new luxury properties Dominica’s first five-star resort. Hike to Valley of Desolation- world’s second-largest boiling lake, try a refreshing dip in waterfall-fed Emerald Pool inside Morne Trois Piton National Park. Submerse yourself in a diving or snorkeling session at Champagne Reef
The historical pioneers and mavericks offer it the name European Capital of Culture for 2020 whereas the Galway city wasn’t in any need of help where the arts are concerned. The sublime beauty of the rocky landscape attracts artists which also boasts of rural land where people live by rules of their own. The Galway City capital of County Galway is an artsy enclave where bonhomie and culture are prized. Cultural gatherings are pretty much spread across all round the year with festivals blooming freely. There are high chances that you shall come across a festival any season you are visiting Galway which are celebrations of food, music, history, art, literature, and nature. Events have been planned throughout 2020 with spectacular light installations throughout the streets of the capital. Galway international arts festival in 2020 will take place with Flaming Lips and Sinéad O’Connor along with Galway Races in July and, in August. Quirkiest events of all are February’s Ted fest, try not to miss this which celebrates of cult TV series “Father Ted”.
This is a country which is easily overlooked because of its located nestled between the countries of China to the east, Kazakhstan to the north and Uzbekistan to the west. This is indeed a wonderland that only a few international visitors have discovered. You will come across glistening snow-melt waters of the Lake Issyk-Kul, rugged mountains at a proximity to the capital Bishkek. Even though it is a small country it offers desert-like canyons and high-altitude meadows which also makes this country an all-year-round destination. Enjoy skiing around the town of Karakol in winters, trekking, and horseback riding in the Tien Shan mountains during summers. Do not miss visiting Mars Canyon on the shores of Issyk-Kul, it is an amazing landscape of red peaks and dry valleys. You can come across jaw-dropping geological marvels at every corner of the country. It is extremely safe to visit the country and also very good value for the money.
This is an ancient yet beautiful island in South Asia. Even though it is assumed by default as a beach getaway because of its location, the true culture triangle of the country can only be understood when you go Inland and immerse yourself in the country’s history. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site which is an ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was the country’s capital in the 12th century and currently in the form of ruins of Buddhist temples and dagobas. Another UNESCO world heritage site, Sigiriya is referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” with an ancient volcanic formation soaring over 200 meters. While visiting Sri Lanka do not miss Kandy Esala Perahera an annual festival that commemorates what is believed to be Buddha’s actual tooth and sacred. Also, ‘The Gathering’ where herds of wild elephants migrate to the shores of an ancient reservoir – Minneriya National Park.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Canada’s eastern provinces are attractive with big, beautiful cities and national parks. One can camp, backpack, eat well and conveniently occupy an adventure-packed month. Especially between two towns -Tofino and the capital, Victoria, the distance among which can be covered with a five-hour picturesque drive, while bear sighting. Tofino is a small fishing village with reasonable options for stay and dining which is also popular for its whale watching. Victoria is a city of stately Edwardian architecture with high-class options of dining, shopping, green spaces. There are various forms this city takes as a holiday destination- a romantic getaway, rugged outdoor adventure, foodie pilgrimage, First Nation art and culture, nature nirvana, surf safari or a combination. Do not miss visiting coffee shops that are popular and cozy such as Common Loaf Bake Shop, also Tacofino which is a laid back and high-end taco truck.
Chile, Lake District
Los Lagos away from the urban center offers astonishing landscapes and serenity. The total eclipse by the end of the year in 2020 will make the region even more impressive. This region of southern Chile is worth visiting for its national parks, volcanoes, and outdoor adventuring. Visit the colorful wooden churches and houses on stilts listed by the UNESCO in Chiloé Island. To experience an upmarket chill fly to the capital of Castro and stay in the boutique or places in forests overlooking the ocean. The Lake District is known for its national parks which include Vicente Perez Rosales and on the mainland, the archaeological site of Monte Verde gives out glimpse o people who lived more than 14,000 years ago. Thermal springs and bar-hopping in the resort town of Pucon, trek to summit Chile’s most famous volcanos, Villarica are also things to take part in. While on the island of Chiloe do not miss seafood, try curanto, and Chilean rhubarb.
The Dead Sea
This is famous for being the lowest point on Earth, whereas the realities coming face to the climate crisis are raising the water levels making this place “a place you need to visit now” from what used to be “a place to visit someday”. The dead sea is like an extremely salty oasis where you shall see travelers from around the world covering themselves in black mud and falling backward into the water. The region though sensitive to the political issues and located at Israel and Jordan has caused a little impact on travelers and tourists. This acts as a perfect stop on a Middle Eastern road trip too with Petra at a distance of 135 kilometers while the world-famous sites of Jerusalem are at 34 km. Do not miss Ein Gedi Nature Reserve which has some dramatic waterfalls and ancient canyons and also some hikes providing a view of Dead Sea from a different perspective.
Improving its existing top-notch infrastructure, Japan is gearing up to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The subtropical Kyushu with stunning scenery, top eats and plenty of cultural attractions is worth exploring apart from the main focus on Tokyo. Coastal cities of Beppu and Kunisaki are famous for their quaint streets and hot springs. Honshu is among the five Islands of Japan is a food paradise especially the cosmopolitan Fukuoka. The small city of Saga will be hosting the new year 2020 Asia’s Best Restaurant Awards. Saga is known for its mountains, tea plantations, and beautiful terraced rice fields. Do not miss visiting the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall while in Kyushu which offer valuable insights into World War II atomic bombing.
This southern African country is characterized by awe-inspiring wildlife and National Parks encouraging you to get close to nature. Kafue National Park is the country’s largest national park with richest flora and fauna, South Luangwa National Park is full of plants and vegetation, trees and home to 60 animal species. More than 30% of the land of this country is preserved as national parks. The Lake Tanganyika, which is the world’s largest freshwater lake flows partly through the country and houses hundreds of fish species. Head to the picturesque town of Siavonga to experience the houseboat and a self-catering villa. Enjoy some peace soaking up the sun at Zambia’s French Riviera- Lake Kariba. Even though the parts have been hit by drought, Victoria Falls is a thundering cascade which is not to be missed. Enjoy a guided tour of the history of the Victoria Falls bridge. and involve in activities like white water rafting, zip lines, and bungee jumping.